Sexual Abuse Support for Adults

We provide support for adults impacted by sexual abuse in adulthood or childhood.

Sexual Abuse Support

Sexual Abuse Support for Adults

We provide support for adults impacted by sexual abuse in adulthood or childhood.

Sexual Abuse Support


Sexual Abuse Support for Adults in Northern Ireland

At Nexus we provide various types of support* to people impacted by sexual abuse and abusive relationships across Northern Ireland. We deliver individual counselling, psycho-educational group support, and personal development programmes. The support route will depend on the needs of the individual at the point of triage, which is when a member of our clinical team talks to the client to determine where they are in their journey and what support would suit them best.

Counselling for Adults Impacted by Sexual Abuse

Counselling is a form of therapy, where you are given a safe and confidential space to talk about anything in your life that may be confusing, causing you emotional pain or creating distress. Our counselling support will give you the opportunity to speak with a trained professional be face-to-face at one of our regional hubs, via telephone, or by virtual video call.

*Please note as of 1st March 2024 we can no longer take referrals to the free of charge adult counselling service as funding from the Department of Health is due to end on 31st March and we have been instructed to cease referrals and wind down the service.

We appreciate this is concerning and upsetting news and we are working with the Department and elected representatives to find a solution so that people impacted by sexual abuse can receive access to a free specialist service.

While the option of paying for counselling is one that, we know, many people will be unable to avail of due to affordability, we have made the difficult decision to make this option available until a free of charge service is re-instated. This will help ensure some level of accessibility and that specialist expertise and skills can be retained.  If you would like to refer to this service, please click here for more information (note this service is not free of charge).

We have compiled answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs) which you can access here. This page will be updated as and when we receive new queries and answers, or when any answers change.

Group Support for Adults Impacted by Sexual Abuse

We also offer group support programmes to support adults in Northern Ireland. These groups focus on recovery and resilience for those impacted by sexual abuse, whether they have been impacted in childhood, adulthood, or both.

Our group sessions provide a safe space for you to talk about your emotions and circumstances with others who know how you feel and won’t judge or criticise you. Participating in a group programme suitable for your needs can help you to learn new coping skills and strategies. These can include tips to do with meditation, journaling, or other methods you might not have considered. We find that our sexual abuse support group participants often offer innovative self-care ideas, including how to manage stress, combat fatigue, and become mentally and physically stronger. Being around other people who are seeking support following sexual abuse can help to give you a sense of togetherness and lead to optimism for a better future.

Make a Referral into Nexus Services (note: we are currently only accepting referrals for paid counselling)

Whether you wish to embark on individual counselling or explore the idea of joining a group, we encourage you to complete our secure online referral form for adults who have been impacted by sexual abuse in childhood, adulthood, or both. Once we receive your referral, we will process it internally, and one of our team will be in touch to arrange next steps with you. Please be aware that we receive a high volume of referrals, but rest assured we will be in touch as soon as we can.

Click the button below to complete the referral form. If you have any queries about completing this form or the overall process, you can contact us via your preferred method and we will do our best to help you.

Guides to Nexus Services

Here at Nexus, we have a variety of services that you and your family can use to support your journey. Contact us at 028 9032 6803 or for more information. Support calls and family support as detailed in the guides below will only remain open to those that we have committed to provide support to under the adult counselling contract we hold with the Department of Health, which will end on 31st March 2024 and for which we ceased taking referrals from 29th February 2024.


Guide to Family Support Services

Your family can receive four counselling sessions that are separate from your personal counselling sessions. Find out more about this in our guide below.

Guide to Support Calls

If you’re struggling whilst on the waiting list for counselling, we can offer you support. Read our guide below to find out more.

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